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Intern - Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) - R&D Undergraduate Summer

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 692549

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

The MINORITY SERVING INSTITUTIONS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (MSIPP) is designed to provide research collaborations with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), and to develop an intentional talent pipeline for minority students in STEM or Business. We are interested in identifying candidates from HBCU/MSI(s)and growing collaboration opportunities between Sandia. A key part of this is through granting summer internships to undergraduate/graduate students to work at Sandia National Laboratories. The START HBCU Institute will hire interns into several critical mission areas for summer 2024.

As a Intern at Sandia, you will be guided by a technical mentor and work closely with a team of researchers and Sandians on issues of national significance.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Collaborate with technical mentor to plan, design, set-up, and perform experiments/projects

  • Record experimental procedures and collect data in notebooks

  • Interpret data using spreadsheets, graphs and statistical analysis

  • Document and present results to mentor and peers.

  • Responsible for various activities associated with maintaining a laboratory and follow safety procedures

  • Through your internship, you will learn laboratory/business skills and join a high-performing team. Students will be expected to demonstrate increasing levels of independence and responsibility and must show a commitment to operate in and contribute to a safe operating environment.

Qualifications We Require:

You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:

  • Currently attending and enrolled full time in the spring term immediately preceding the internship (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) in an accredited undergraduate program

  • Pursuing a science, engineering, or math major

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0

  • Ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer

  • U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, asylees or refugees in the U.S.

Note: If you have not yet started your undergraduate program, please apply to a high school intern position.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • General knowledge of fundamentals and technical principles in physical sciences, business, or related fields (including chemistry, physics, mathematics, materials science, computer science/engineer, or engineering)

  • Understanding of the use a variety of research tools and laboratory safety procedures

  • Completed some coursework that includes laboratory training, skills, or computer

  • Good oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to contribute in a team environment

  • Good understanding of a suite of software, including Microsoft Excel, Octave, Igor, Matlab, LibreOffice, PHP, LabView, or other related software

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

About Our Team:

The Advanced Materials Laboratory (AML) is a department within the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories and is co-located at the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The AML conducts research and development to meet a wide range of specialized applications for national security, energy/climate, and nuclear deterrence enabled through partnerships with government, industry, and academic institutions. Technical expertise and focus in the AML is applied to fundamental chemistry of organic and inorganic synthesis, material processing for property-performance optimization, proto-type design engineering for structural-electronic functionality, with an emphasis on expanding autonomous material discovery and informed design enabled by machine learning. The department specializes in advanced manufacturing with an emphasis on defining the boundaries between materials science and process engineering to optimize property performance. Technical capabilities within the department include fiber reinforced composite and nanocomposite manufacturing; chemical, resin, and ink synthesis; additive manufacturing, including Direct Ink Write, Polymer Selective Laser Sintering, Vat Polymerization, Multiphoton Lithography, 3D/structural printed electronics; and rapid cable and connectors prototyping design engineering. Our department is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of engineers, material scientists, and chemists who are dedicated to scientific discovery, creativity, innovation, and practical solutions for our diverse customer set. Our team is committed to a safe and nurturing R&D work environment as an incubator of scientific talent at all academic and career levels, with a long-standing history of advocating for and advancing undergraduate and graduate students through research internships geared toward growing the next generation of scientists.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 692549

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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